Star Wars: 10 best Empire ships ranked from worst to best

The Empire is known for its flashy, self-announcing, and beautifully menacing ships. Let's see how they rank among each other.

A First Order Stormtrooper stands guard in a Star Destroyer hangar bay beneath a docked TIE fighter in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. Guests enter the hangar bay after their ship is caught in the Star Destroyer’s tractor beam. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
A First Order Stormtrooper stands guard in a Star Destroyer hangar bay beneath a docked TIE fighter in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. Guests enter the hangar bay after their ship is caught in the Star Destroyer’s tractor beam. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) /
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6. TIE Interceptor

Imagine the TIE Interceptor as the sports car of the Empire's fleet. Imagine a standard TIE fighter that hit the gym, drank its protein shakes, and came back with a vengeance. This thing zips through space like a shooting star with a bad attitude. With its sweet-looking arrow-shaped wings, it looks like it's perpetually sneering at the universe. And those four laser cannons? They're not just for show. This ship can unleash a laser light show that'd make the biggest galactic rock concert look tame. It's like the Empire took a look at their regular TIE fighters, said "Hold my blue milk," and decided to create something that could dance circles around the competition - and that, they did.

But, and there's always a but, here's the catch – the TIE Interceptor is a bit like a glass cannon. Sure, it's fast, it's furious, and it's got the firepower to make any Rebel think twice. But when it comes to taking a punch, well, let's just say it's not the toughest kid on the block. It's missing some key features like shields and life support, which means its pilots need to be as brave as they are skilled. It's a bit like wearing a suit of armor made of paper – fantastic because it doesn't weigh you down but become useless if you get caught in the rain. So while it's definitely a step up from the standard TIE fighter, and it's got the speed and guns to make a big entrance, it's also got a "handle with care" sticker slapped on it.

5. Imperial-class Star Destroyer

Ah, the Imperial-class Star Destroyer - one of the, dare I say, sexiest ships in the Star Wars universe. Picture this behemoth cruising through space, its magnificence as pronounced as a skyscraper floating among the stars. It's the kind of ship that makes planets do a double-take and rebels gulp in fear. This starry titan is the Empire's pride and joy, the kind of ship that doesn't just enter a battle, it announces its presence. Decked out with turbolasers and ion cannons that could throw a party where everyone's invited but no one wants to RSVP, this ship is a gorgeous floating fortress of doom. And let's not forget its little friends – a swarm of TIE fighters tucked under its wings, ready to zip out like angry bees defending their hive. When you see an Imperial Star Destroyer, you know the Empire isn't just knocking - it's kicking down the door.

But hold on, it's not all doom and gloom with this star-studded leviathan. Despite being as intimidating as it is beautiful, it's got its quirks. The Star Destroyer isn't exactly known for its grace. In a universe where speed and size are your best friend, this ship is more of a lumbering bear – powerful, yes, but not the most nimble dancer. It's like having a heavyweight boxer in a game of tag - sure, it packs a punch, but don't expect it to do backflips. And tactically, well, let's just say that subtlety isn't in its vocabulary. It's the brute force approach, the 'shoot first, navigate later' kind of deal. In the end, the Imperial-class Star Destroyer is a true symbol of the Empire's might, a spaceship that doesn't just make an entrance – it makes a statement.